Disease & Injury Prevention

Celexa Can Cause Heart Abnormalities

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued safety information about popular antidepressant medication Celexa (generic name: citalopram hydrobromide). Celexa is in the class of antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), which make more of the brain chemical serotonin available to brain cells. In August 2011, the FDA issued a Drug Safety …

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"It Couldn't Happen to Me"–Heat Deaths in Children

SafeKids USA is always slightly ahead of the curve–in a good way. They want to remind everyone that even though spring has just begun, the weather here in North Carolina has already topped 70 degrees. But with these glorious days comes the opportunity for tragic news:  reports of children left unattended in a vehicle, dying …

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Research Reveals Details About Stair-Related Injuries in Young Children

A new article in the journal Pediatrics, in a 10-year period, about 932,000 children under the age of 5 were taken to hospitals for injuries they sustained on a staircase, usually at home. According to an article in The New York Times: “What that tells us is that we have much more that we need …

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Germs in School: What You'll Wish You Didn't Know

An article on WRAL.com reported on an investigation of germs in kids’ lunch boxes…and elsewhere around schools. This story will make you want to get out the extra-strength disinfecting scrub! Dr. LeAnn Jaykus, a food science professor at North Carolina State University (NCSU), and her team examined the level of contamination in children’s lunch boxes, …

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Speak Up Today for Years of Cycling & Walking Safety

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to eliminate funding for bicycle and pedestrian programs.  If you walk, run, or ride a bike, this should be of concern to you since these programs help ensure that roads are designed with greater attention to the needs of cyclists and pedestrians. Without these programs, these basic …

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Take Medication for Stomach Acid, Beware of Diarrhea

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reported that a class of medications call Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) is associated with a risk of developing Clostridium difficile-association diarrhea (CDAD). A diagnosis of CDAD should be considered for patients taking PPIs who develop diarrhea that does not improve. The FDA is working with manufacturers to …

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